A Q&A with David Young: Meditation-based Musician

David Young is a twice Grammy nominated double flautist who has sold over 1,000,000 CDs. He has been on CNN, Coast to Coast radio and numerous other spiritually based radio shows since the literary release of Channeling Harrison book one. I had the pleasure to ask him a few questions.

Many call his music The Most Heavenly Music on Earth. It has been said that more people have had out of body and spiritual experiences with his music than any other musician alive today due to the profound healing qualities and higher energy vibration in his unique technique of playing two renaissance flutes at one time.

Over 10,000 healers of all kinds including reiki practitioners, spas, massage and physical therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors and hospitals such as the John Hopkins Medical Centers use his music every day for its healing qualities.

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Alan- You create ‘meditative’ and ‘spiritual’ music. What motivates you to continue in this genre? What are you exploring?

David- I started making spiritual music in the early 90’s with my group Celestial Winds where I played my flutes and Lisa played a Celtic harp. It was really out of necessity and survival because I had just moved to Los Angeles and I was broke so we met at Venice Beach and the rest is history. Even back then there was a need for spiritual music and since the local So Cal people knew we were always at the beach playing on weekends we grew a strong local following all over So Cal. I actually stopped playing guitar and singing for about five years because we were so busy traveling all over the country playing at festivals and selling thousands of cds every week.

We made three cds together and then when we parted I began hiring all of the best studio musicians in Los Angeles to play on my recordings and allowed me to really stretch out musically. I also learned so much about making great music because I was working with the greatest musicians who played with everyone from Tori Amos from James Taylor.

Some of the CDs I made had all recognizable songs because that was very popular but since I had been meditating since I was 22 years old for 20 minutes to an hour each day, I wanted to express the spiritual energy I was receiving during my spiritual experiences and my original New Age music was perfect for this.

Most musicians I knew either made spiritual music or commercial recognizable music. No one did both and because I did I was able to reach both audiences with high integrity music for both of them.

Over time with the growing popularity of yoga which includes meditation, the demand for spiritual music with the energy to uplift the listener into the spiritual realms increased and so I continued to stretch the boundaries creatively with other instruments but the one common denominator of all my music is my playing two flutes at one time which creates the unique vibration that it does.

The way I have expanded this genre is by adding positive affirmations that help people heal old mental habits or bring hopeful messages to those going through difficult times called Musical Affirmations.  These have actually been approved by the American Psychological Association for their therapeutic qualities.

Alan – I joke with my yoga students that I’ll bring in a disco CD for practice one day. Where do you believe the genre is going… will I get a spiritual disco CD one day?

David- I don’t know about that. Because I grew up in Brooklyn where disco was created and I loved Rock music since I was a guitarist I really did not disco when it came out. Now that I’m older it is easy to dance to and so I can appreciate it more.

It just seems that New Age music appeals to those looking for music with a vibration of upliftment and the more it gives the listener that feeling the higher it is valued and appreciated.

Ten years ago it seemed like thick, lush musical arrangements were more popular and now less is more has taken over.

Alan- Which of your CDs would you recommend for Yoga practice. 

David- For a deep yoga practice I would recommend Creation or Waves of Serenity.

Recorders with Synthesizers, Harp and Ethereal Guitars.
Recorders with Synthesizers, Harp and Ethereal Guitars.
Inspired by the book Radical Forgiveness by Collin Tipping, Waves of Serenity features a relaxing mix of David Young's recorders and Robin Berry's celtic harp.
Inspired by the book Radical Forgiveness by Collin Tipping, Waves of Serenity features a relaxing mix of David Young’s recorders and Robin Berry’s celtic harp.

For something that requires a bit of movement, Bliss or I Am Loved.

Harps & Recorders with a gentle, mystical undercurrent of modern rhythms.
Harps & Recorders with a gentle, mystical undercurrent of modern rhythms.
Promotes self-esteem & self confidence. A 60 minute guided meditation with the mantra "I Am a Blessing - I Am Loved" subtly repeating as it weaves in and out of a relaxing soundtrack of acoustic and synth guitars
Promotes self-esteem & self confidence. A 60 minute guided meditation with the mantra “I Am a Blessing – I Am Loved” subtly repeating as it weaves in and out of a relaxing soundtrack of acoustic and synth guitars

And something with an Asian feel to it, Solace

Nominated for 2008 Grammy "Best New Age Album". An instrumental CD featuring recorders with Celtic Harp. Very peaceful and comforting.
Nominated for 2008 Grammy “Best New Age Album”. An instrumental CD featuring recorders with Celtic Harp. Very peaceful and comforting.
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